UW Bioengineering senior Ian Andrews has received the 2016 Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence from the College of Engineering. Each year, the UW College of Engineering Dean (currently Michael Bragg) recognizes two exceptional students for academic excellence. Students must meet specific eligibility requirements, and are selected from among those nominated by department chairs and reviewed by a selection committee. Selection criteria include grades, rigor and distribution of coursework, research experience, extracurricular activities and leadership.

Ian Andrews currently works in Assistant Professor Barry Lutz’s lab, where he investigates point-of-care diagnostics for global health. His research currently focuses on developing a low-cost, paper-based multiplexable assay for drug resistant HIV. With his work, he aims to increase access to disease testing in low-resource settings like the developing world, where high-tech, expensive and complex lab-based testing that is done in developed regions is out of reach.

In the fall, Ian will start his graduate studies in MIT’s Biological Engineering program. He has received a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to pursue a Ph.D.

Ian was selected for the inaugural Husky 100 Class of 2016, which recognizes students who are actively making a difference on campus, in their communities and for the future. He is one of six BioE undergraduate and graduate students selected for this honor. Read more about the BioE students selected for the Husky 100 Class of 2016.